LLB, BCom, Partner
David Haigh
David is a Partner in the firm's Agribusiness team where he specialises in all aspects of rural law and commercial property. 

His scope of practice includes: the buying and selling of rural properties, leasing, ownership structuring and succession, joint ventures, partnerships, financing, land subdivisions, asset protection and trusts.

David also has a particular interest in overseas investment law, particularly relating to overseas persons purchasing rural land in New Zealand.

"I believe in effective communication and building close working relationships. It is important that I understand your needs and goals."
Wynn Williams (Christchurch)
Level 5, Wynn Williams House,
47 Hereford Street,
Christchurch 8013,
New Zealand.


Recent Projects

  • Dissolution of a large farming partnership into separate trading entities.
  • Negotiating purchase of North Island forestry land for overseas investors.
  • Purchase of a large North Island station for overseas investors.

Recent Articles


Where there’s a Will, there’s a way

Travel often brings about people rushing to either create or amend their Will before a planned trip. Kiwis are more likely to think about Wills when a major event occurs, such as marriage (or its failure), childbirth, buying a home, or international travel. The reality is, the time to plan your estate and make a Will is now because when you really need it, it will be too late.

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Crafar Decisions Result in Little Real Change

In the recent Court of Appeal decision, rejecting an attempt to stop the sale of the 'Crafar' farms to Shanghai Pengxin, it was held that the Ministers responsible for granting consent for overseas investments have considerable flexibility in determining what business experience and acumen is relevant to any particular investment.

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Considering Leasing the Farm?

As farmland becomes more expensive and rental returns from leasing increase, farm leasing is becoming more attractive and prevalent.

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Overseas Investment - Determining Whether Land is "Sensitive"

The purchase of New Zealand land by overseas persons is regulated by the Overseas Investment Act 2005 and the Overseas Investment Regulations 2005. Overseas persons, being persons who are neither a New Zealand citizen nor ordinarily resident, wanting to acquire “sensitive land” in New Zealand need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent.

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PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
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